School of Psychology
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Brain Electrophysiology & Perception Laboratory
We have a state-of-the-art EEG laboratory with a 72 channel Biosemi Active Two System and the ability for simultaneous eyetracking, pupilometry, and galvanic skin response (GSR) measurements. This is housed in a sound-attenuated and air-conditioned laboratory suite with post-experiment washing up facilities. There are dedicated data processing workstations with Matlab and GPUs for parallel processing and simulations. For perception experiments, the laboratory is equipped with high refresh rate (240Hz) monitors, high-end graphics cards, a photometer/colorimeter, mirror stereoscopes, chin rests, response pads, and an AudioFile device (Cambridge Research Systems) for synchronised audio-visual presentations.
Virtual Reality - VR
The school has a Cyberpsychology and Social Research Laboratory equipped with a HTC Vive VR Headset. The VR set allows users to move around a room and interact using two custom handsets, making the experience highly immersive. Many interactive experiences are available for the Vive and users can interact with a fully 3D playing environment through the equipment. Full-360 videos can also be played, meaning a user can feel like they are actually in a particular environment which will change and respond in real-time as they look around.
The VR set has a number of research applications including:
- Allowing users to visually interact with others not physically present
- Present users with stimuli which may otherwise be dangerous; e.g. the top of a high building for someone with acrophobia
- Provide users with the visual and audio experiences of another person; e.g. a simulation of how a child with autism may view the world
- Examine what effect immersive visual environments have on psychological processes
- Compare how profound the effects of VR environments are, and if they give rise to long-lasting changes, e.g. prejudice reduction
Keele Psychology has three laboratories capable of eyetracking and pupilometry in a range of contexts and coupled with physiological monitoring and stimulus presentation devices.
Our Cambridge Research Systems LiveTrack system in the Brain Electrophysiology Laboratory allows for simultaneous eyetracking and pupilometry with EEG/ERP.
The BIOPAC MP36R is a four-channel data acquisition system for life science research. The system features built-in universal amplifiers can record a wide range of physiological signals, a stimulator, audio output, external trigger and digital I/O lines, and is suitable for a wide variety of physiology and life science research applications.
Other Facilities include
- A Qualitative Research suite
- Video Observation Suite
- Neuropsychological test library
- Black Box Toolkit & Robotic Response Key Actuator
- Polar RS400 wristwatch and chest strap heart rate monitors
- Re-circulating water bath and refrigeration unit
- Cedrus RB-830 Response Keypads
- Alcoscan AL6000 breath alcohol detector